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THE WASTE LANDS ISBN: 0-452-26740-4
THE WASTE LANDS ISBN: 0-452-26740-4
THE WASTE LANDS ISBN: 0-452-26740-4 by KING STEPHEN and DAMERON NED. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Distributed .NET Programming in VB .NET
Distributed .NET Programming in VB .NET
Distributed .NET Programming in VB .NET by Tom Barna. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
Quickbasic Using Independent Subprograms
Quickbasic Using Independent Subprograms
Quickbasic Using Independent Subprograms by Julia C. Bradley. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Julia programming category.
Learning Angular: A Hands-On Guide to Angular 2 and Angular 4
Learning Angular: A Hands-On Guide to Angular 2 and Angular 4
This book was written by an experienced author and his sons. However, this edition of the book reflects a profound lack of care, concern, and compassion for the reader who must navigate an endless stream of copy editing horrors.

I cannot begin to tell you how shocked I was by the number of typos and the errors in capitalization that plague this book. If you already have some experience in Angular or JavaScript you may be able to overcome some of the errors on your own. But why should you?

As a career software professional, I have been fortunate to have read many technical books where the standards of technical reviewing, copy editing, and proofreading were exceedingly high. This is not one of them.

It's clear that there was a breakdown in quality control regarding the release of this title. I hope the publisher will take care to fix these quality control issues in the future.
MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom
MONEY Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom
I want to start off by saying that I'm not a follower of Tony's motivational literature. When I was younger my mother purchased some of his books and tapes and while they were somewhat inspiring, I never was one to draw my "passion for life" reading any book other than the Bible. I couldn't tell you what Tony's done or written since his 'Get the Edge' series that was mass marketed on television back in the late 90's.. but I can tell you what I'm pleasantly surprised with, and frankly glad I'm I came across this new finance book because a few of the chapters are "worth their weight in gold." These are Chapters 2 and 5, but please continue reading my review to understand why.

-To give you some background I've been reading personal finance books since the late 90's starting with titles like 'Rich Dad Poor Dad' by Robert Kiyosaki, 'Automatic Millionaire' by David Bach, every Dave Ramsey and Ben Stein title ever written, most of Larry Burkett's scripture based Business and Finance books and Crown Financial information, Random Walk down wall street, etc. etc. To make a long story short let's just say I've read dozens of personal finance or retirement books starting from age 16 up until my present age of 31 so I can tell when something is new or old fluff, or just plain made up. I've also an investor so I have skin in the game.

-Some people are reading these reviews and they just want to know if this book will help them manage their money or make money, and to cut to to the chase yes this book can both make you alot of money and save you even more money. After reading Tony's book I've placed it among the top 10 personal finance titles I've ever read and that list reads like the who's who of books that can actually make a huge impact on the financial future of the average American. If you don't like to read it doesn't matter, just buy the book and read Chapter 2 and 5 and then give it to a friend or delete it, but just read those two chapters.

-What makes this book so valuable and easily worth the price I paid ($12 on Kindle). Let me summarize, and we're going to throw out all the chapters and information that was motivational jargon because I didn't buy this book to be motivated on living life to the fullest and I don't think most of you reading this did either.

1. THE INTERVIEWS. Most of these interviews were not rehash's of what you could find in other books, and a couple of them could be downright life altering if people were to employ some of the advice given by a few of the men or start to follow a few of these men with regard to what they are doing with their investments. The possible life-changing and or interviews that offered terrific advice, tidbits of information that could save you time and money, stock market psychology, and or getting insight into those with your interest at heart. If you browse Yahoo finance and or blogs you can occasionally glean tidbits of gold regarding finance wisdom from some of the best of the best who have both integrity and the average joe investor in mind when they are giving out advice. These are some of the men who realize that most people who need this information are not making a 6 figure income and yet while most of them have wealth in the 7 figure range they don't forget about the rest of us and want to help us to avoid mistakes with our money.

Carl Icahn. Rarely does this man give longer interviews, but Tony Robbins just may have one of the best interviews ever done with Carl Icahn. Carl Icahn is an activist investor. This type of investor attempts to take control of companies they believe are underperforming(usually due to poor management) and then take them over or make changes that will benefit both the shareholder and the activist. As a result in most cases employees and customers benefit also. Carl Icahn is one of the few power brokers on Wall Street who by following you can make quite a bit of money because he will make a poorly operating company do better by holding management accountable, and as a result he has and will continue to help the American People by making our companies more efficient and better which can enrich everyone. After you read this interview you will understand why it's important to follow the moves this man makes.

David Swensen. Great interview, a good overview of asset allocation and risk management, shows why playing it safe for a long time is smart. Great tidbits to learn.

Ray Dalio. Just getting the broken down into easy terms "All Weather Portfolio" is worth the price of the book alone and much more. This information is covered in Chapter 5. He must have owed Tony a huge debt to give out this information. Next to an index fund this is the best portfolio I've ever seen and the results it has brought prove it. You won't find anything better, but most people should have a broad ranged index fund before attempting to copy an allocation like the all weather.

Paul Tudor Jones. Some of the investing psychology(not stock picking advice, but market psychology) he gives in his interview is as if you are sitting in a premier top 10 MBA rated program's class and studying under his stock market tutelage. You simply can't hear these things anywhere else and unless your in a very elite group that are getting MBA's at the very top finance schools you probably never will.

John Bogle. What more can anyone say, he revolutionized investing for the common man by introducing the index fund and if you don't have one you really need one ASAP. Watch every interview with John Bogle you can find on youtube if you want a quick study in long term investing with the best possible outcome for the average person. I personally believe John Bogle has made more of an impact on the finances of the average American than anyone in history ever has or ever will, he truly is both a pioneer and a sort of modern day hero who put the common man above greed and reshaped Wall Street and investing forever.

Warren Buffet. I can tell in this interview Mr. Buffet was just doing Tony a favor by giving a short interview to a friend but he didn't really give any advice you couldn't find anywhere else nor did he dive into any strategies or ideas for the common person. I put him with these others because of his track record. If you purchase a few of his BRK-B stock shares and hold them for a very long time you will probably do pretty well, but Warren Buffet would tell all average investors to get an index fund and not try their hand at picking stocks. He basically will mimic what John Bogle says in most of his interviews but John Bogle goes much deeper, is more interesting, has more integrity, and just does it better.

-Yes a few of the interviews were not very good and I discuss those below. They in my opinion revealed little information, did not know how to convey investment advice to the average person, or just came across as sort of a self pat on the back in my opinion and wouldn't make much impact to the future financial wellness of the reader. Remember, just because someone is ultra wealthy in no way means they have you interest in mind nor can their advice or circumstances be applied to your own life.

-These people from this book in my opinion who you shouldn't listen to include:

Marc Faber(Commodities speculator who is a very shrewd and astute insider, I don't think he can be trusted personally, but when it came to giving advice he came across as a guy just throwing information out there just to give an interview almost as if he wasn't really sure what to say, like he was picking random numbers out of his head and giving them to Tony.)

T. Boone Pickens (Just talks about himself most of the interview, you can find better advice elsewhere.)

Kyle Bass (Made most of his money off an incredible speculation and talks about purchasing millions in nickels with little information given for the regular investor. It's my belief he either isn't very knowledgeable when it comes to investing for regular people or he simply cannot convey the information in a manner with tools he has never used for the average person. He is an algorith based trader and has access to both tools and information most people don't have. I would never listen to his advice based upon his history even though he is successful, his success cannot be repeated.

-I group these next three together because their interviews mainly went through their personal histories and discussed why the success occurred and the importance of integrity and a customer first approach in the finance world:
Mary Callahan Erdoes, Charles Schwab, Sir John Templeton (Mostly discusses the type of work ethic, integrity, and fortitude needed to be successful and also to leave a legacy for your family or people who's money you are investing.

-So what makes this book so valuable, and why am I saying you must include this in your collection if you're a person under 50 looking to improve your finances.

2. Simply because of Chapter 2 and Chapter 5.

-Chapter 2 covers some of the things you've read in other finance books before, usually John Bogle's or Ben Stein's, but it discusses the Myths of the market and advisor fees. It discusses investment broker actual returns and debunks many of the common beliefs among the uneducated majority regarding how to make money with investing or retirement plans. The way this chapter is organized regarding the myths of the market and annuities is invaluable. The information on annuities for anyone under 50 is pure gold, and I have yet to see even a handful of books that ever covered the Annuity, which is starting to grow like wildfire and probably the best option for most of us with less than $500,000-1,000,000 at retirement.

-Chapter 5. This is the best chapter of the book bar none. Ray Dalio's all weather portfolio is simply unmatched and having an in-depth guide of why and how it was designed, and then actually broken down into easy to understand choices is truly incredible. Yes you can and should invest in an Index Fund, and by now we know that 95% of portfolio managers will never beat the stock market over a long time frame such as 20-30 years, but the all weather portfolio created by Ray Dalio's team just may give you better or at least safer returns with less downside risk than even a broad market index fund. I'm still left wondering how Tony got them to do this and give up this much information on this fund. On top of that, there is a larger annuity and retirement information section which goes in depth on the importance of the 3 year window into retirement and how just the stock market return of the first 3 years of a person's retirement can make or break them, and WILL... unless they read the information on annuities.

-On top of all this great information, section after section has Tony giving good links on how to access both more information. Going through this book you can see that Tony actually cares to help the uneducated average investor gain the tools to invest both wisely and and safely. Most finance books give you the what to do(or at least attempt to), but Tony's goes beyond and actually gives you both tools and the where to go to get more information and possibly help.

-To top of these great chapters there is also a chapter on the future of American technology which goes into the advances being made in healthcare and engineering with the creation of 3D printers and how people are continually living longer so what we do with our money today is very important for a potentially long tomorrow. On top of this unlike many finance books, Tony goes into the importance of giving and how it can change a person's life and bring more fulfillment far beyond any dream or desire to be rich. Tony actually explains how and why giving is so important, and it's refreshing to see even a non Christian hold such a high view of giving our time and resources back to those who are less fortunate.

So take my review for what you will, as someone who's read dozens of finance books and will only give applause to something that is both different and worth reading and knowing. I believe this book is very good just for those 2 chapters, especially if you are under 50 and have a long term horizon to invest with and haven't made tons of mistakes yet. For those who ar e older they undoubtedly should discuss retirement with a financial planner and look into insurance/annuities and stable funds. Below I will list my top Finance guru's and what I believe are some of the must read books in this field that all have information that can change your financial future as this book can do.

Best personal finance guru's, the very best of the best who's work you must read and I will include one book from each. These people have care about the common investor above selling books or making money. While some of the information may be a little outdated in one or two of these books, these are still the best of the best by far.

Must reads for personal finance with investment advice also
John Bogle (The Little book of common sense investing, watch his interviews on youtube or yahoo)
Larry Burkett (The complete guide to managing your money, planning for Retirement, Business by the Book)
Ben Stein (How to retire comfortably, The little black book of investing, how to ruin your financial future, most of his books)

Great books on investing that don't cover personal finance
Burton Malkiel (A Random Walk down Wall Street)
William Bernstein (The Four Pillars of Investing)

Honorable Mentions for personal finance, financial lifestyle etc.
Dave Ramsey(We all know about his books, very good for basic advice regarding personal budgeting, not better than the previously mentioned writers or their titles though)
David Bach (Automatic millionaire, Fight for your Money)
Robert Kiyosaki (Rich Dad, Poor Dad)
Ramit Sethi (I will teach you to be rich)
Thomas Stanley (Millionaire next door)

Are there any people you should be watching when it comes to how they are investing their money?
Only two in my opinion. Warren Buffet and Carl Icahn. Both of their basic stock offerings are in the 100's still. I believe Carl Icahn's IEP is up over 1000% since inception and Buffet's BRK-B is up 24% this year alone. Watch what Warren Buffet does because he has insider access to large changes in the economy and the government, and watch Carl Icahn because he creates huge changes in companies by forcing their management to become better in every way and with that usually comes great returns for shareholders.
Mark Zuckerberg VS Google Brothers: Great Men with Great Vision
Mark Zuckerberg VS Google Brothers: Great Men with Great Vision
Two amazing stories. The book highlights to rise to fame of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the Google brothers Larry Page and Sergey Brin. All three men have acquired great wealth and notoriety and their stories were educational and inspiring.

The similarities of their rise to stardom were that they were all three master computer operators, started their companies with little money and little support. Zuckerberg was younger than the Google brothers at the time of his initial fame.

Some of the differences between Zuckerberg and the Google brothers besides age is the Zuckerberg keeps his face in the media much more than the Google brothers ho stay for the most part behind the scenes.

Their impacts on society are profound. Be it the connections people can make with one another across the world through Facebook or the ability to retrieve information efficiently and effectively from a single search engine in Google.

All three men utilized the American free market and time when a need for their skills was on the rise. In other words, they seized the moment. This book gave me insights into these men in way that I did not have before. It was a fun and educational read.
The Players Ball: A Genius, a Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet's Rise
The Players Ball: A Genius, a Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet's Rise
I devoured this book in two days!! I couldn’t put it down because there’s so many twists and turns and outrageous characters. I always love Kushner’s books because he manages to bring strange worlds (video game visionaries, high-school football heroes committing bank heists, Vegas card sharks, etc.) into focus, with humor and super compelling storytelling. The Players Ball is an unbelievable true story about these two genius tech entrepreneurs, one a dorky superpower and the other his sleazy, con artist nemesis, who obsessively battle for control, money, sanity and dangerous stakes. I cherish when I find a great story that I can’t put down, so I loved being transfixed by this battle. I learned a lot about what goes into starting a business, running a business, stealing a business and fighting to the death “Match”. I really loved this book and the unbelievable ending.
The Elon Musk Method: Business Principles from the World's Most Powerful Entrepreneur
The Elon Musk Method: Business Principles from the World's Most Powerful Entrepreneur
It is aways interesting to read books about how some successful person came to accomplish what most of us never will. And if I happen to discover even one helpful tip or habit I can incorporate into my own life while reading along, I consider that book well worth my time. On the other hand, if I find several things to grab hold of that actually make a difference in my life, I like to tell everyone about it. The Elon Musk Method by Randy Kirk is this kind of book. But there is a surprise in it.

Randy Kirk has a gift for taking a complicated subject and distilling it down to easy-to-understand principles that get results. He not only convinces--but encourages--the reader that by practicing even a fraction of The Elon Musk Method, their own business will be increased. The surprise is that you actually come away believing it. I found this extremely exciting. So much that I immediately went out and bought extra copies of the book for friends and family members that I felt could also benefit from reading it.

I would recommend this book to anyone in business for themselves, or thinking about it. Because it isn't just an informative book--it's a life-changing one.
The Great American Songbook
The Great American Songbook
THIS was a great CD. First heard it being played at a club in NYC on a Saturday--couldn't wait, ordered it on Monday from Amazon. What a treat to hear Re-Re with her purely fabulous voice back in the day. This is a great, great addition to my music collection. Now if I could just get it back from my boyfriend's car! That would be something. Oh well, I guess we are both enjoying it.
Complete Louis Armstrong & the Dukes of Dixieland
Complete Louis Armstrong & the Dukes of Dixieland
How nice to see this reissue. This was my first Stereo Record (1 LP) along with Ornette Colemans 'Change of the Century' - hows that for a broad spectrum? I was 17 at the time and both have stayed stalwarts in my large collection of Jazz over many years. Why this CD? Simple! its sound quality and lots of vocals. When the LP came out the cover was something new hard card with a wonderful image. Who said covers don't sell records...of course they do more so in those days. Look at the Blue Note and Impulse ones. I digress! Go out and buy it -you wont be dissapointed - a quality band that was not around too long with the bonus of Louis at his best. In those days I purchased one of the first Quad Amplifier systems - need I say more - quality mixed with quality produced a brilliant combination. Even better hearing it through a valve system. Welcome back Louis.
The First Years Cd Player
The First Years Cd Player
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Java: The Complete Reference
Java: The Complete Reference
The book covers most of Java SE8, taking the time to introduce the language itself to newcomers. Actually, a third of the book serves that purpose, which is a bit unbalanced for a reference. While this may be welcome to the reader who is still learning Java, it prevents the coverage of advanced topics that would have been appreciated by many programmers expecting the book to be somewhat more faithful to its title.

Complete it is certainly not, ClassLoader and SecurityManager are in the "Here be dragons" category, even though they would have come in handy for anyone wondering how to implement plug-ins, not an uncommon feature in today's applications. Not even a mention of Nashorn, one of the key SE8 additions. Not much either on how to profile applications, unit-test and deploy them. And so on... not a huge disappointment, but still not up to standards set by books like "C# in a Nutshell" or "Python Essential Reference".

What most readers will probably miss is an algorithmic complexity evaluation of the Java collections. Stating that the TreeSet class "access and retrieval time are quite fast" just won't cut it. Is this O(1), O(n)? An educated guess would hopefully tell the reader O(log(n)) and help them deciding which class to choose... except the reader shouldn't have to guess while holding a "Complete Reference", especially when it's endorsed by Oracle (who should have some insight on the complexity of their libraries).

118 pages are devoted to the old Awt classes (plus some more on Applets), for anyone who still cares, 84 pages to the Swing evolution, and 92 to JavaFX but no mention of FXML unfortunately, so it's still pretty much last-century-oriented. The author could conveniently dismiss the legacy classes in favour of a more modern approach of designing user interfaces.

I also have the feeling that the evolution of this book is coming in layers that are not so keen to mix: while there are - fortunately! - adequate references to the latest improvements here and there in older chapters, the overall code style has not been revised with the evolution of the language. Lambdas and the related Stream API are contained in their respective sections (which are surprisingly far from each other), but not used anywhere else, for example. And while these features are not the most polished and suffer from regrettable shortcomings, they still deserve to be emphasized a little further to show developers how they could be relieved with a little extra semantic sugar.

In that chapter, I was also a bit sad to see in the Stream API section how stream sources were painstakingly created with a series of "myList.Add(<value>)" followed by a conversion, instead of a more elegant and now more idiomatic "Stream.of()" or "Array.asList()".

Most helpful though, are detailed coverage of the threads, concurrency utilities and I/O classes. But since those were already present in earlier revisions of the book, I'm not sure anyone who already owns them wouldn't be better off with a more detailed "Java 8 Lambdas" or "Functional Programming in Java", and maybe another decent reference on JavaFX (that I yet have to find).

In conclusion, this book isn't a reference but an interesting and definitely worthy introduction to Java, provided the reader skips some older, less relevant sections, then complete their learning with other books with a more modern style approach on GUI and functional programming, and possibly on performance considerations, since those topics are not the strong point of this "Complete Reference".
Gay Of Thrones
Gay Of Thrones
I enjoyed this series for several seasons. It wasn't fantastic, but it was worth watching. In the season I started watching recently, he started with the "destroy the patriarchy" pandering BS. It happened in one episode, and I let it go. It happened the next episode, so I guess this political hate is now OK.

I am disappointed that this politically correct hate has entered the show. I can't support hate, and I won't watch anymore.
Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel
Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel
Theater review. Possible spoilers. What better entertainment for International Women’s Day than the Marvel Universe’s first film headed by a new character who is a woman. For those who don’t remember at the end of “The Avengers: Infinity Wars” (2018), Thanos pretty much took out much of the world’s population including some Avengers using the power of the 6 Infinity Stones. At the end of the film a wounded Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is seen using a device to call Captain Marvel for help.

So this is the origin story of Captain Marvel. It turns out she was once a crack Air Force jet pilot. But I’m getting ahead of myself. As usual, I will give a disclaimer about my Marvel geeknous. I have none. I’ve seen all the movies and liked almost all of them. At the same time I may screw up some characters, events, timelines and who’s a good guy and who’s not. The film opens on the planet Hala occupied by the blue-blooded (literally) Kree. A young woman known a Vers (Oscar winner Brie Larson) is decked out in a form-fitted aqua-green jump suit, as is her trainer Yon-Rogg (Jude Law). It is clear that the Kree have some seriously good fighting skills, but Yon-Rogg keeps telling Vers to control her emotions before launching some of her more serious weapons, especially fiery blasts from her fists. In what seems to be a well-placed and recurring attack on the emotional stability of women, we are sure to see more.

Vers keeps having nightmares and dreams often involving a woman of mystery called Supreme Intelligence in the credits played by 60-year old Annette Bening who also fills out her uniform nicely (not a sexist comment). Vers has memory intrusions as well of living another life in another world. She wants a combat assignment and finally gets it as an attack is planned on another planet by the Kree’s enemy, the shapeshifting Skrulls. In a series of exchanges and perhaps my confusion the Kree squad – including Vel - and led by Yon-Rogg, chase the Skrull leader Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) to Earth. Frankly I’m not sure who was chasing who. Vers gets separated and gets to Earth first, right through the roof of a Blockbusters Video and next door to a Radio Shack. These obvious “ancient” references are played for fun and it all works, including plenty-o-songs from the ‘90’s. When Vers gets her action on, the songs seem to be those with female leads (Garbage, Salt-n-Pepa, TLC and No Doubt). Nice!

Through these intermediary battles with the now shapeshifted Skrulls, Vers meets Fury and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) both with CGI engaged to make them younger. Works well with Jackson in particular who is in a lot of scenes. The scenes with Vers and Fury are witty enough to make the film watchable alone. A third wheel is a house cat called Goose who is likely to be remembered as much as the lead actors.

As time goes by, Vers's memory begins to come back. She reunites with Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch, “Brotherhood”) a fellow pilot. The two flew together and Vers discovers her real name is Carol Danvers. As Carol more memories return including interaction with a scientist named Wendy Lawson who looks a lot like Bening.

To be honest, this film closely follows the set up established for all of the Marvel films by Kevin Feige. What is remarkable is that Captain Marvel slides right in there without a hiccup. The film is fun, flashy, exciting and entertaining. Larson is perfect in her role. She goes from a newbee warrior with a bit too much attitude to a confident superhero who absorbs energy to create a character every bit as strong as any we’ve seen so far. When the Captain is at full throttle, glowing through the sky it raises one’s pulse. Let’s see how she does with Thanos in a couple months. Recommended.
Civil Disobedience and Other Essays (The Collected Essays of Henry David Thoreau) (Digireads.com Classic)
Civil Disobedience and Other Essays (The Collected Essays of Henry David Thoreau) (Digireads.com Classic)
I knew that Henry David Thoreau was a tax evader, however I did not realize how radical he was until I read his book on the duty of civil disobedience.

He starts off with "The government is best which governs not at all." This should have tipped me off to what was going to come next.

What would Timothy McVeigh think if he had read this (and he might have):
"Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?"

Henry David Thoreau's discussion of democracy verging on mob or only majority rule also could have incited certain people. If you put your hand over the title and read the sentences they could've been dropped into "Mein Kamph" and fit very well.

The bottom line in his dissertation is stated:
"There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize that individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly."
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street
This was my absolute favourite bedtime story book when I was little :)

I recently bought it for my daughter, who is far too young to appreciate it (6 months), but I read it to her anyway. It's the story of a boy with a huge imagination, told in the usual rhyming Dr. Seuss style. As it is his very first book, I have to admit the rhyming isn't as good as his subsequent titles. A few pages just don't rhyme at all. But it's still a good story.

It's softcover, so not suitable for young babies who are likely to tear the pages, but such a good price if you want to collect all the Dr. Seuss titles without paying a hefty price tag. I've found most of his other books in this format which makes a nice little set. It's big enough to appreciate the illustrations too.
Night Smoke: A Night Tales Novel
Night Smoke: A Night Tales Novel
Even when the Night Tales are combined to freshen the novels, you want to keep reading. In these series, a touch of supernatural caught my interest. The stories all connect with families heard from in successive novels. Loved the overlap, but wouldn't have missed out by beginning with the middle or ending novels. They stand alone. Humor and romance combine with mystery and supernatural. Spectacular!
The Art of Deception: A Bestselling Novel of Suspense and Obsession
The Art of Deception: A Bestselling Novel of Suspense and Obsession
I picked this up through Kindle Daily Deals and I'm relieved that I didn't pay full price. I love this author but these older books are dated. It's not the lack of technology that bothers the reader but rather the behaviour of the characters. Things have changed so much and male characters are not this macho anymore. The h is a sculptor and the daughter of a famous painter. The H comes into their lives when he is requested to try and find a missing Rembrandt. It's obvious that the h and her father are up to something shady and the H needs to get to the bottom of it. Very quickly these two fall in love and it's obvious there's going to be drama when the h finds out what the H is up to. Honestly, I can sometimes be persuaded into believing in insta-love but not in this book.
One Summer
One Summer
I truly enjoyed this lighter fare from Nora Roberts. Far less gritty than her In Death J D Robb novels, far less dramatic than her more recent romance novels, One Summer is a novel that reminded me, nostalgically, of a time and of an America that I lived and loved 20 years ago, when I was younger and more idealistic and romantic, just like this novel. I have to admit that many of Nora Roberts' early novels have slightly abbreviated, even abrupt endings that leave me a bit dissatisfied, and some, like this one, are a tad repetitive: "Do I love him/her? No, it's not possible. Do I love him/her? Maybe, possibly, no, it's not possible. Do I love him/her? Oh, Lord. NO! It's not ... " But although this novel is not flawless, I can recommend it to anyone who wants a fun, light, summer book or wants to know or to remember what this country and its people were like and what they valued back when we were all so young.
The Archer Prism: reflecting Sir John Harington
The Archer Prism: reflecting Sir John Harington
John Harington, author and ambitious courtier in Queen Elizabeth's court, tells the story of his life, comparing it with that of Jeffrey Archer - jailed politician-turned-successful author. The unique thing about Harington being a narrator is that he has been dead for about four hundred years, which makes the story and the comparisons and contrasts between the lives all the more surprising and fascinating.

English Lord, John Harington's voice is razor-sharp, eloquent and humorous. Harington reveals his abhorrence for privies (setting the stage for his invention of the flush toilet), and captures the minutia of day-to-day observations of life n England around the 1600s - from the setting to the voice of the people to the medical practice of bloodletting to the barbaric practices of the men who set out to civilize Ireland. Harington repeatedly refers back to Archer's life then returns to the reflecting on the parallels in his life with smooth transitions. Harington's lively personality, tongue-in-cheek humor and sharp observations keep the pace of the story moving along quickly:

"The problem with truth is its tendency to uncover lies and deceptions."

Author Will Coe expertly uses well-chosen words to show the beauty and ugliness of life. For example, following the removal of the hand of a printer/publisher, "the bubbling mess of his arm was seared with a red hot iron." This can be contrasted with the more scenic and serene moments:

"The light rain had passed on towards Cannington leaving its moisture to be gently cooked

by a shy sun on the lawns, in the shrubs and in the ornamental garden, releasing May's

fragrant vapours into the motley noses of assembling courtiers and court officials."

Coe admits to have taken liberties with some facts to create this unique story but ultimately creates a protagonist who is personable, and sympathetic and easily transports the entranced reader to another time and place.

The Archer Prism Reflecting Sir John Harington is an articulate and wry story, offering a plethora of intriguing and eye-raising historical facts and humor.

Reviewed by Maya Fleischmann for IndieReader
The Lion Hunter and the Lady
The Lion Hunter and the Lady
My only complaint was that this story was not listed in my sources as a short story. Otherwise, it was a typical western with the quality and point of view you expect from Louis L'Amour. If you like his books, it's worth a read or listen:)
Robert Ludlum's The Paris Option: A Covert-One Novel
Robert Ludlum's The Paris Option: A Covert-One Novel
I was thinking how to review this book, and since it is a part of the covert one series, I think making a very short pros-and-cons list will be the most effective way.

Pros
- Most of the characters, both recurring and specific to the Paris option, are interesting and either likeable or threatening.
- There seems to be something mystical and deeper about Mauritanias personality than surfaces in the book. It keeps you wondering what he will do.
- The main frame of what you expect when you buy a spy novel is also what you get with the Paris option. The problem is in the details.

Cons
- As stated above this is a spy novel, and the genre assumes a certain degree of believability. Yet the abilities of the DNA-computer, which is what the story revolves around, seem more like fairy tale magic than anything remotely possible.
- The author fails to create the sense of emergency which is vital to keep you turning the pages. Leaving the book on your night table a few days will not be a problem.
- The plot is rather predictable, and most of your guesses may turn out to be right on track. At least mine did.
God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post-World War II Manga (Great Comics Artists Series)
God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post-World War II Manga (Great Comics Artists Series)
Power's dissertation comes as many other Tezuka books have; well thought-out, researched into the ground, and with great pictures at that. The books main fault is its beginning which gives a brief (but not too brief) account of manga before WWII, starting with great visual poets like Kakuyu (1053-1140), who Tezuka appropriated and used himself, and moving all the way to post-war Tezuka, as the title states. It was interesting for me, but for anyone but the hardcore collector, it may seem like a slow buildup to our main subject.

But when Power starts talking Tezuka, it's ON. An in depth analysis covers almost every major work he's done from 'akaihon' like "New Treasure Island" and its wonderful, film-like narrative, all the way to greats like "Black Jack" and "Buddha". Chapter 4 is a look at Tezuka's "Star System", his inherent (and fictional) world of 'stars' that make up his manga world, and, like movie stars, appear all over. This is one of the most interesting and memorable things about Tezuka's art, and Power does a great job reminding us why this man is worshiped as a god.

Power also gives us Tezuka's look at animation and his difficulties with it. Chapter 8 focuses on the multiple styles that Tezuka worked in and one begins to wonder how one man put out so many tens of thousands of pages. But Power covers that as well, telling of Tezuka's large fan-base (ranging from ages 5 to 80) and his loyal workers who did countless hours of beta and coloring work so that he could complete the massive amount of work he started (though "Phoenix" and a few others were left unfinished at his death in 1989).

This is some great research accompanied by untranslated pages of certain Tezuka works, all nicely tied in with each topic. While you may prefer something like 
The King of Fools (Pushkin Vertigo)
The King of Fools (Pushkin Vertigo)
Absolutely brilliant first-class psychological noir. Even translated into English, the prose captures the obsession, the unending dreamlike quality of infatuation and romance, the enchantment and bewitching was is in her eyes and her smile. And the scenery fits the moods of the story from the sun-baked beaches of Southern France, the cold rain-soaked melodrama of Scotland. Like Woolrich's work, it's the slow descent into hell that is the real story, the twisted mystery of what really happened, and the question of who is really tilting at windmills.

This is a fairly short work, reprinted sixty years after first publication, and it is rich, deep, poetic and great from the first page. It makes sense that the French would write first-class noir. And just as in classic American noir, the enchantress waltzes into the main character's life effortlessly, dropping her beach bag into the wrong car. What else did this guy write?

Many thanks to Pushkin Vertigo for this review copy.
The Abolition of Sanity: C.S. Lewis on the Consequences of Modernism
The Abolition of Sanity: C.S. Lewis on the Consequences of Modernism
"The Abolition of Sanity" by Dr Stephen Turley is a 21st century summary and appraisal of C.S. Lewis's mid 20th century work "The Abolition of Man" . which is also available from Amazon as an E-book, paperback etc. (The E-book was about £5 at the time this review was written.)
That book is based upon three lectures which Dr Lewis gave, in Newcastle in the mid 1940s. So this is a review of a review of published lectures.

Dr Turley (and others) rate Dr Lewis's work as one of the most important non-fiction books of the 20th century, with which I won't argue, but he also admits that even in the 1940s, most people were not educated in a way that would allow them to read the original work very easily. So Dr Turley sets out, successfully, to convey the main point of the original work in a way that a modern reader can understand without pain, and this is accomplished by halfway through "The Abolition of Sanity", which I was able to read completely in the course of an Easter Saturday afternoon. The rest of the book is a scholarly effort at getting the reader to think about what they have read and discuss it with other people.

"The Abolition of Sanity" is a short and easily-read book, conveying an important idea.

To be briefer still than Turley: that idea, is that the modern philosophy of "scientific rationalism": which Lewis and Turley define as accepting nothing which cannot be proven by the scientific method, divorces man from any innate knowledge of how he ought to behave (which they call the "Tao"), and leads to his purely mechanistic behaviour being governed by various base impulses and instincts with no concept of a higher or greater good, which leads in turn to a human race comprised of manipulators and manipulatees as Turley calls them, or "conditioners and the conditioned" as Lewis calls them. Although this seems to establish man's control of nature, by discarding the Tao, man ceases to be man and becomes controlled by nature. Ever larger numbers of manipulatees will be controlled by ever smaller numbers of manipulators, until billions of humans are controlled by an elite of perhaps a few hundred.

To anyone who has studied, or lived through, British political history from 1994 to 2007, the age of the manipulator is already with us, with a vengeance. And this allows us to see some ways in which Lewis and Turley may have it wrong, though in many respects they are broadly right:

They do not challenge the assertion, by the scientific rationalists themselves, that they deal in facts. Anyone who has experienced a manipulator at work, will have experienced "facts" being harvested and used as ammunition, with no respect for the facts actually being paid. It is like a fletcher harvesting poplar and hazel sticks with which to make arrows: he selects the ones which suit him and works on them till they further suit his purpose. The difference is while the fletcher generally straightens his arrows, the manipulator invariably bends his "facts" till they fit his narrative. In the hands of a manipulator, facts cease to bear any relation to truth: may I offer the Blair government's infamous Iraq War Dossier in evidence at this point?

Lewis held that the manipulators are not bad men, for they have simply ceased to be men. I am not at all sure that manipulators can be separated from evil in this way. Dr Turley invites comparisons between C.S. Lewis's "The Abolition of Man" and George Orwell's "1984". Well then, in 1984 O'Brien, a member of the Thought Police and Winston Smith's interrogator, tells Smith that "we seek power exclusively for its own sake." That is a pathological liar talking. For those who do not know: pathological liars are not compelled to tell plausible lies that painlessly deceive you into believing their pitch: they are compelled to make you, by sheer psychological brute force, accept premises which your rational mind ought to reject, but cannot because it has been over-powered. That is true violence. And it is what is done to Winston Smith in 1984. I have encountered pathological liars in my working life, and as a schoolboy, I found myself sharing a desk with a boy who went onto manifest himself as a psychopathic killer of remarkable brutality. I can assure readers, from frightening personal experience, that the minds of pathological liars and psychopathic killers are running on pretty much the same set of rails.

Neither is there any challenge from Lewis and Turley to the assertion of the scientific rationalists that what they are doing is scientific and it is rational. However, Dr Ian Hutchinson, professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT, when interviewed for the March 23rd 2019 edition of The War Cry, says the following:

"The fundamental argument of the so-called new atheists, whom I prefer to call the anti-theists of this century, is that science is all the reality that there is and that everything we know comes from science. But it is not a finding of science that science is all there is. How can everything we know come from science? What about other disciplines such as history, art, music and literature?

"Their world view is not scientific; it is scientism - a ghastly intellectual mistake. Yes, science is enormously successful in describing the world and has led to very powerful technologies, but it is not the only source of knowledge."

In effect, Professor Hutchinson is describing scientific rationalism as a form of superstition and he's actually bang on.

So, "The Abolition of Sanity" is a good place to start thinking about right, wrong and manipulation and "The Abolition of Man" is worth a read, too, if you can manage it. But there's more to this issue than that.
Logan Bruno, Boy Baby-sitter (Baby-Sitters Club Special Edition. Readers' Requests)
Logan Bruno, Boy Baby-sitter (Baby-Sitters Club Special Edition. Readers' Requests)
Logan bruno is the modern Zarathustra, come to lead man through the three stages (camel, lion, and infant) of the cyclical human development. he has acheaved living in the moment without thoughts of gravity and graves. he has become that dancer that can move the boundaries. But like all men he must die and you should not elevate him to a god.
Richard Scarry's Best Counting Book Ever
Richard Scarry's Best Counting Book Ever
My 22 month old is pretty consistently counting to 10 after reading this book just a handful of times. Before the book I would count to 10 in the car every so often and she would primarily listen. While the book has a lot of different items to count, the content can be a little overwhelming for a 22 month old but the book is listed for 4 years and up. Some of the pages focus on a specific number ad will have a lot going on which may be too much for a 2 yo. We usually will pick one type of item for that particular number we are counting and count just those items and move on to the next page and number. We're sticking to 1-10 for now and will move on to higher numbers once she's good with it. It's a long book and I'm looking forward to exploring new content soon. The illustrations are great and keep her attention well. There's also adding, subtacting and grouping of numbers.
Ben-Hur (A Tale of the Christ): Historical Novel
Ben-Hur (A Tale of the Christ): Historical Novel
With yet another film of this to shortly grace cinema screens throughout the country it is good to see that this story is being kept alive, although for most I should think that they have not read the book before, and the mention of Ben-Hur conjures up the famous chariot race, which everyone seems to enjoy.

Lewis ‘Lew’ Wallace wrote more than just this novel, although it seems to be the only one most of us have heard of or read, and as his second book this was the one that brought him fame. Although arguably falling into the Christian Fiction genre to be honest this will probably appeal to most as its themes are universal. A bestseller in its day this still has the power to conjure up the Middle East, its landscape and history, along with the Roman Empire and a certain person called Jesus.

Starting off with the Magi meeting to follow the star to Bethlehem to see the Messiah, Jesus as such makes a few appearances throughout the book, with a major appearance near the end. We follow Judah here, who is the Ben-Hur of the title, as his family falls upon hard times due to an accident which sees Judah being charged with attempted assassination, and the betrayal of a former friend.

Throughout this tale the themes of betrayal, love, loyalty, compassion, honour, faith, vengeance and greed constantly raise their heads, making this something that is very easy to read. Although Wallace at the time had never been to Italy or the Middle East when he wrote this he did do a lot of research and thus what he creates with regards to the landscapes is quite good and detailed, making them really come alive. If you haven’t read this before and are coming to it for the first time this should be quite a treat to read, and you may possibly notice in certain parts where inspiration was drawn from, and indeed the author was quite free in expressing what books gave him ideas and techniques to write this. Since its publication and success this has also gone on to inspire many other authors, as it still does today, and as for us the general reader this is a story that you will want to come back to every now and then to re-read.

In all this has a bit of everything, from slower more cerebral pacing, to outright action and adventure and is always a joy to read.
I’ll Be Watching You
I’ll Be Watching You
This was my first Beverly Barton read, and while I'll Be Watching You wasn't what I expected, it won't be my last.

Beverly Barton told a thrilling tale, that kept me captivated until the end. The character growth and continual twists left me awed. The way each detail - even the ones that seemed insignificant - came together, made me want more from this author.

Reed Conway is fresh out of a fifteen-year prison sentence for having murdered his stepfather. Upon his release he's vowed to find the true killer and clear his name, but at one time, his main focus was revenge on the man who was responsible for putting him behind bars, and Reed knew the easiest way to do it; through his daughter, Ella.

Reed's release began the story, and immediately I took a liking to him and his family, which consisted of his mother, Judy, and sister, Regina. Both women welcomed Reed home with open arms, and it was evident that there was no love lost between the three during the time he was away. Fairly quickly I came to realize that Reed had more reason than just freedom to be happy. He had motive. I never quite figured out if Reed became an alpha male during his jail-time stay or if that was just his personality. Either way, he was alpha through and through, as evident in not only his demeanor, but his "love making."

Speaking of love making, was there a person in this book NOT doing the dirty?! The story was told from multiple POVs and I can think of only two that didn't have a single sex scene. For the most part, I found the majority of these characters were lust and money driven people, doing bad things, and allowing their social status to excuse them. Ultimately, this killed me because the book was sealed and wrapped with a fluffy pink ribbon. No one besides the killer had repercussions for their actions!

Unfortunately, that wasn't my only qualm with I'll Be Watching You. Ella Porter, when first introduced to her I expected to meet a girl in her late-teens/early-twenties, not a thirty year old judge, who's still living at home and making her lone agenda to please her parents. She had no mind of her own.

The language used confused me most. I kept wondering what century they were in. Being from the South, I have heard every stereotype about the region there is, and while sure, there's still old money and tradition in some small towns, people simply don't speak this way.

The mystery is what kept me reading. It was well thought-out and written. Even the smut was good. I don't read many romantic thrillers, so the change of pace was nice. I just wish it hadn't ended so sugary.

Overall, this was a good read. It delivered on its promise of a thriller and kept me reading. If you're looking for a romance with edge, I recommend it.

~Reviewed by Keira @ Lazy Book Lovers
Der Auftrag: Thriller (Camel Club 5) (German Edition)
Der Auftrag: Thriller (Camel Club 5) (German Edition)
Kein so toller Baldacci. Zwischen Seite 100 und 300 geht es um ein Loch im Boden, einen Baum und eine Bombe in zig verschiedenen Perspektiven, echt zäh zu lesen. Das letzte Drittel ist dann wieder ganz passabel. Das Buch muss man nicht unbedingt lesen, eher keine Empfehlung. Ich finde auch die Charaktere des Camel Club etwas künstlich, 2 Bände davon reichen mir
Come Winter
Come Winter
It was difficult to rate this story. The author was obviously trying to write a sweeping epic and, in some respects,, she was successful. The leading female was very likable - a gently yet spirited soul who was inspiring in her outlook on life. The male leads (there are several) were interesting and written a bit different than in the usual romance genre. Overall, I liked the authors interesting twists and turns - some of which were very unexpected. The love scenes were handled with a sensual suggestion rather than steamy scenes (which I do enjoy, but I have to say the handling here was sensitive and romantic). The one draw back is the author could have obtained the sweeping epic feel she was going for and still have dramatically cut some pages. I found myself flipping through the more repetitive parts or the descriptions that sometimes became as bogged down as Hawthorne's prose. Overall, I did like it and would read another historical novel by this author.
Running from Legs: And Other Stories by Ed McBain (2002-04-10)
Running from Legs: And Other Stories by Ed McBain (2002-04-10)
What a treasure this book is. As fan of McBain / Hunter's novels for many years, I had always heard about his short stories but didn't know where to find them. Most of these are earlier (70's mainly, with a couple of earlier ones), but the mastery is apparent on every page. Highly recommended.
The Hunted
The Hunted
Once the killing season starts, and it begins on the first page, the action is non-stop in this well-written formulaic thriller. The author boldly stakes out his territory in the Catskills, near the close-knit community of Centerville, where a local hunter is found stripped and shot, once through the heart and once in the head, execution-style. This shocking crime throws local law enforcement into a quandary: the season has barely begun and someone is hunting the hunters. Two days later, when his wife reports the murdered man missing, Sheriff Willie Brand organizes a search party. The first body offers only a hint of what is to come. Soon the state law enforcement agencies are involved, trying to avoid a rising panic in the area, as more bodies are found, executed in the same fashion. A forensic psychologist is also brought to the scene, in the attempt to inform personnel about the nature of the crimes they are processing.

Two brothers who own the auto body repair shop in Centerville, Andrew and Walker Kuhn, are the first to find the slain hunter, but they are asked to keep what they have seen to themselves in hopes of avoiding unnecessary attention from the press. Of course, the media quickly arrives on the scene, but one of the reporters, Diana Brooks, from The Middletown Post, is hoping to do a more in-depth series on the hunting culture from a more personal perspective. Diana has the good fortune to run into Aaron Kuhn, who soon becomes a confident. Thanks to a blooming romance with Aaron, Diana is privy to the world of the hunter, with its own particular rituals and obligations. Diana is planning an expedition with a local family the following day, but after two more murders, it may not be wise to venture into the forest. Not that every one will be denied the opportunity: when the season calls, there are those who will take their chances for the trophy they seek.

The killer gradually reveals his motives as he steps into a terrible place that has taken over his subconscious and robbed him of the human sensibilities that enabled him to function in society. He has turned the tables on his fellow hunters, the stalked becoming the stalker, seeking revenge that only makes sense to his twisted perception of justice. Neiderman skillfully uses this pristine landscape for a background for atrocity, death of an entirely different nature than the one that motivates those who live in such places, introducing an element of psychopathology that sheds the balance of the natural world, temporarily replaced by the chaotic inventions of a sick mind. The characters are shocked by the events that overtake their small town; far removed from the random violence of city life, they had thought themselves invulnerable to such insane acts. Diana Brooks at least finds comfort in the good-natured Aaron Kuhn and his family, a small respite from the all too real terrors that have been visited upon this hunting community. Meanwhile, the authorities struggle to unravel a threat that comes too close to home and reminds them all that the law of the jungle visits the dark thoughts of every man. Luan Gaines/ 2005.
Whitby Through Time
Whitby Through Time
We bought this book as a present but when we looked at it we wished we had bought it for ourselves, we are going to order another.
Un p'tit gars de géorgie
Un p'tit gars de géorgie
Une histoire en plusieurs scénettes sur cette Amérique blanche observée par un écrivain « white trash » avec ses classiques personnages en état de rouille avancée. La mère se décarcasse pour faire bouillir la marmite. Le père est atteint par l’endémique épidémie de fainéantise qui frappe dans ce sud la population mâle avec de fréquentes complications du type frivolité, menterie, et autres lâchetés. Mais un père qui file droit dès que maman menace à l’arme lourde. Et puis l’inévitable nègre à la façon « y-a-bon-Banania ». Histoire de satisfaire le folklore.
Certains auteurs se sont orientés vers les fonds de poubelles de cette misère. Là où elle rejoint la pire animalité la médiocrité et où la vie n’est plus qu’un réflexe vital dénué de tout sens moral. Ce n’est pas le cas avec Caldwell, et certainement pas avec ce petit gars de Géorgie. Loin du trash d’une société « vide ordure » l’auteur serait là dans une sorte de remake de Tartarin de Tarascon, une suite de tableaux naïfs, archaïques et presque anachroniques qui trimbalent quelques bouffonneries qui furent sans doute hilarantes en leur temps mais qui aujourd’hui sont usées plus qu’aux entournures. Un ouvrage qui pouvait bousculer les raideurs sociales de son époque mais a pris de grosses rides.

Les nouveaux écrivains tels que Russel Banks, Donald Ray Pollock, Eric Miles Williamson sont certainement plus dans l’esprit trash que Cadwell. Si bien que l’assimiler à ce genre du moins pour cet ouvrage-ci risque de lui être préjudiciable. A moins de définir une classe soft-trash et hard-trash?
Rubie's Fantastic Beasts 2 Deluxe Gryffindor Adult Costume Robe
Rubie's Fantastic Beasts 2 Deluxe Gryffindor Adult Costume Robe
I have to say that it is so much nicer than I thought it would be. Usually Halloween costumes are pretty cheap and flimsy and I didn't want to buy my teen daughter a $100 version knowing she would love it but not wear it more than a couple of times, so I tried this one. It fits perfect and feels very nice; while it is made out of polyester, it feels like a nice medium-weighted fabric
Star Wars : Tatooine Ghost
Star Wars : Tatooine Ghost
Not a bad read, if not a little bit lagging in parts. The nods to the prequel trilogy I found enjoyable and were probably the best part of the story. Leia returning to Tatooine was a great way to integrate all aspects of the present and the past and for me it was what kept me reading.
The story itself has great potential but as previously mentioned: The story lags and plods to a crescendo I know longer cared about.
Give it a blast - It's an 'okay' read IMO
El murciélago (Harry Hole 1) (Spanish Edition)
El murciélago (Harry Hole 1) (Spanish Edition)
Debido a la falta de libros de Jo Nesbo en formato digital en castellano (todos sus libros están disponibles en Amazon en inglés, italiano y alemán, pero solo tres en español), tuve que leer dos de los libros más recientes de la serie Harry Hole antes de que este primer libro de la serie apareciera en formato digital. Leí por primero El Redentor (Harry Hole 6) y después El Leopardo (Harry Hole 8). Hallé estos dos libros excepcionalmente buenos y tengo que decir que este primer libro es muy bueno también y si no hubiera leido los otros dos habría estado más que satisfecho con este libro. La verdad es que los otros dos son tan buenos que quedé un poquito decepcionado con este primer libro. Pero solo en comparación con los otros dos libros. Este hace un buen arranque en la serie y los lectores británicos como yo aprendemos una cosa muy importante – como pronunciar el apellido Hole. El escenario de este libro es Australia y Jo Nesbo hace que el señor Hole (“hoyo” o “agujero” en inglés) dice a sus colegas policíacas australianos que su apellido se pronuncia en noruego como Holy (santo). Es una excelente historia. Se aprende bastante sobre la historia y las costumbres de los aborigenes en Australia y al final, como en los otros libros, Harry encuentra el asesino en serie.
Rubie's Costume Evildoer Wig
Rubie's Costume Evildoer Wig
My hubby wore for Halloween party recently to finalize his devil costume. This wig was pretty cool! It just needed to be trimmed and shaped some to fit his face so he wouldn't look like a hippie-haha. Once I played Edward Scissorhands he rocked it out! This wig is great quality for an inexpensive wig for sure- it is longer in front than in back so it ha a grunge rock effect which I love! It is awesome because we brushed it even and it stayed intact. He wore it all night and we won contests everywhere we went so I say go for it- this wig really is cool and unique you are sure to complete your mans costume with this bad boy!
SIMPLE Mobile Refill Card - $25 ReUp Prepaid Airtime Card (Physical Card Shipped)
SIMPLE Mobile Refill Card - $25 ReUp Prepaid Airtime Card (Physical Card Shipped)
You can’t beat a phone service for only 25.00 a month. Data sucks only 3gb, but I’m around WiFi everywhere I go, so it works for me. No dropped calls, no stalling when using apps. I recommend simple mobile. On amazon part, once a person pays you should mail their card out the same day. You can order a 25.00 card and get it via email in about 30 mins or so off Walmart app. Or just go to your local Walmart and buy it. But fir 25.00 monthly service using my Apple phone, it’s great.
How to Build a Chopper
How to Build a Chopper
Whilst the information is well documented and the process explained, it does have some limitations on how to actually achieve some of the finer points of the construction. For example, centring the rear wheel, and aligning the front forks, they are mentioned but the description is not that thoroughly explained or easy to follow. But at least it is mentioned so you can make a valid decision on how, or who you will need to help with certain aspects of the build.

Most of the builds use third part parts in the construction of the bikes, and a few kits are shown. With that said, if you are mechanically minded and have some basic manufacturing skills, this book is a great starting point.

Now get building that motorcycle... its not a motorcycle, its a chopper...
Shopkins Lil' Secrets Secret Small Mall Multi Level Playset with Grocery Store, Fashion Boutique & Ice Cream Truck
Shopkins Lil' Secrets Secret Small Mall Multi Level Playset with Grocery Store, Fashion Boutique & Ice Cream Truck
Ich bin restlos begeistert. Im Gegensatz zu der Neuauflage der Polly Pocket ist dieses Shopkins Haus so ähnlich wie die original Pollys aus den 90ern. Genau was ich gesucht habe für meine Tochter. Schade, dass die anderen Häuser dieser Reihe nicht gut über Amazon.de verfügbar sind. Scheint ein Produkt aus UK zu sein und hier weniger bekannt.

Man muss einen der beigelegten Schlüssel in das Schlüsselloch drücken (nicht drehen, nur drücken) und das Haus öffnet sich. Viele nette Details. Die Puppen sind minimal größer als die alten polly Pocket Figuren und mit dem gleichen Steck System zu benutzen.

Ich versuche noch an die anderen „Shops“ dieser Produkt Reihe zu kommen, ohne 10€ Versand zu zahlen.
Die Qualität entspricht in etwa der alten Blue Bird Polly Pocket, wer die kennen sollte, also mit festem, nicht klapprigem, haptisch stabilem Plastik. Kein giftiger Geruch. Die Details sind schön,, nicht nur Sticker, man kann viele Dinge öffnen,
Es gibt einen kleinen Aufzug. Der Bus ist ein Eiswagen und man kann ihn vom „Parkplatz“ abnehmen. 2 kleine Figuren und ein extra Einkaufswagen sind auch dabei. Die Schlüssel sind alle gleich, nur die Griffe unterscheiden sich. Sie werden an einem kleinen herzförmigen Schlüsselring aus Plastik befestigt.
Quick Charge 3.0 USB Wall Charger 6 Ports Desktop QC 3.0 USB Hub Charging Station Multi USB Charger Fast Charging Compatible with Phones,Tablets Smartphones and More(Red)
Quick Charge 3.0 USB Wall Charger 6 Ports Desktop QC 3.0 USB Hub Charging Station Multi USB Charger Fast Charging Compatible with Phones,Tablets Smartphones and More(Red)
The "quick charge" port is absolutely garbage charging power - I have several rapid chargers to compare to and this is the slowest charge I've ever seen. For example, I had one iPad plugged in overnight (about 8 hours) and it was charged to 67% - even using the standard cube that comes with an iPad would have it to 100% much faster. I rarely write reviews but this one is irritating as crap, save your money!
Pantalón Just Love de pijama, ultra suave, diseño de camisón con calcetines a juego, para mujer
Pantalón Just Love de pijama, ultra suave, diseño de camisón con calcetines a juego, para mujer
When I received these pajamas, I thought about returning them. The top is shiny and looks more like fur than fleece. However, I wanted new Christmas pajamas, and I couldn’t find any that I liked better at a price I was willing to pay. Plus, the bottoms are a really cute print. When I put them on Christmas Eve, I was so glad I decided not to return them. They are the softest pjs I’ve ever had! They feel so comfortable and cozy! They do run a little small. I usually wear a medium and they either fit perfectly or are a little big. On these, the pants are a little on the small size, although not so small that they feel uncomfortable. If you’re deciding between two sizes, or are bigger on the bottom, I would definitely go up a size.
Sheepskin Elite Chamois Drying Cloth Car Drying Towel Real Leather Super Absorbent Fast Drying Natural Chamois Car Wash Cloth Accessory (7.25 SQ FT in Total)
Sheepskin Elite Chamois Drying Cloth Car Drying Towel Real Leather Super Absorbent Fast Drying Natural Chamois Car Wash Cloth Accessory (7.25 SQ FT in Total)
Update: I need this for drying my car and the thickness doesn’t measure up. Returning to pay more for a thicker chamois. The item is packaged well. Cut professionally but sleight of hand in description sends the wrong impression. Looks fine for less arduous use. Leaving 3 star review so up to the buyer.

Right of the bat, the pictures say "Sheepskin Elite From Canada " in bold, but small letters on the package I missed say Made in China. The reviews are mixed. given the deceptive nature of the item description, I wonder if the great reviews are either engineered or provided from people given 'free' merchandise. be aware this product is not made in Canada and the material is quite thin, so I won't be surprised if there are holes in it after a while. I owned an original Chamois and this is much thinner and flimsier. 3 stars as jury is out zero stars for deception and big flag of canada in the description. Imported from China, ok. but why hide it behind a Canadian Flag?
Rolife Dollhouse Wooden Mini House Crafts-DIY Model Kits with Furniture and Accessories- Handmade Construction Kit-Christmas Birthday Gifts for Boys Girls Women Friends (Simon's Coffee)
Rolife Dollhouse Wooden Mini House Crafts-DIY Model Kits with Furniture and Accessories- Handmade Construction Kit-Christmas Birthday Gifts for Boys Girls Women Friends (Simon's Coffee)
This coffee house was harder than the other two kits I've assembled (a library and a bedroom with blue deer wallpaper). There were some things that just weren't able to be done, like the feet for the stools, the table, and making the coffee mugs. I found ways around it, but it was frustrating. (I scrapped the feet and just glued the stools to the floor, I used mini coffee mugs bought from Amazon, and the table just looks bad). One of the pieces of wood for the piano was warped, and there's no fixing it. It's on the front of the piano by the keys, so it definitely makes the piano look crooked. Every cabinet had to be wrapped in paper to make it look like wood grain. The paper is like thin sandpaper, and doesn't fold easily. I had to scrap the directions on it and just cut and glue all the pieces to the paper before assembling the cabinets and shelves. If this had been my first miniature, I probably would've stopped halfway through and not gone back to it. It was helpful knowing the general concept of these mini's when I started. The instructions were in English, although they weren't always clear. They state to connect brown and white wires on the battery, except the wire is black, not brown. There are pictures of the pieces needed each step, and at times it would show a picture of a thin copper wire but state to use the thick black wire. Some reading between the lines was required, which came from previous experience. I had pieces left over that weren't in the directions. The wiring wasn't as difficult as the library's wiring, thankfully. All-in-all, it's the least pleasurable one of the three I've done, and I couldn't wait to finish it so I didn't have to work on it anymore. I wouldn't recommend this one as a gift unless the person has experience with these kits.
Perfect Orthopedic Support and Relief of Your Back and Neck Pain with our Cervical Contoured Memory Foam Pillow. Anti-Snore and Cooling Effect for a Comfortable Night’s Sleep. Side sleeper pillow
Perfect Orthopedic Support and Relief of Your Back and Neck Pain with our Cervical Contoured Memory Foam Pillow. Anti-Snore and Cooling Effect for a Comfortable Night’s Sleep. Side sleeper pillow
I have now slept on my Comfort Zone pillow for three nights and can honestly say that they have been three nights of undisturbed sleep. There are quite a few similar pillows on the market and at the point of purchase, I really didn't know which to buy. The price and the shape were influential as I didn't want anything too cheap that would collapse the minute I put my head on it. I needed support for my shoulder and I liked the look of the shape of this pillow. I have given it a 5 star for support although just a shade deeper might have been the best for me. The depth of any of these pillows is really dependant on the size and weight of the person using it. I am under 5'6" tall and of normal weight so this pillow suite my frame pretty well. The pillow is well made and without any odd smell as mentioned in reviews for other similar pillows. I particularly liked the human touch as included with my purchase was a good quality eye-mask and a pair of ear plugs. These, together with a leaflet explaining how this little company began and showing photographs of the founder members, Mihai and Alex, from Moldova. I also like the fact that they donate 15% of the profit from any purchase to three well-known charities , to be picked by the purchaser via their web site.
Ophthalmology Review Manual
Ophthalmology Review Manual
This was my primary review book for the boards. With last minute optics and the photos from the path BCSC book, I felt very prepared during the test. I would highly recommend that you read over this book once or twice before the exam.
Núm. 1181: Té de hierbas orgánico "Ayurveda Vata" - hojas sueltas ecológico - 250 g - GAIWAN® GERMANY - Ayurvédico, cilantro, regaliz, cassia, jengibre, anís, acianos
Núm. 1181: Té de hierbas orgánico "Ayurveda Vata" - hojas sueltas ecológico - 250 g - GAIWAN® GERMANY - Ayurvédico, cilantro, regaliz, cassia, jengibre, anís, acianos
Ich bin kein Fan von zuviel Süßholz, was in diesem Tee doch recht intensiv herausklingt; allerdings bin ich selbst erstaunt, wie lecker er trotzdem schmeckt ;)
Er ist schön mild, süßlich (logisch) und wärmt von innen. Ich trinke gern eine Tasse abends zum Runterkommen, oder wenn ich einfach mal eine kleine Seelen-Auszeit brauche.
Durch die Ziehzeit kann man die Intensität der Gewürze recht gut regeln, finde ich.
Die Sorte würde ich mir jederzeit wieder kaufen, Daumen hoch!

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